Yesterday marked what would have been Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday, and the iconic singer has had quite an honour posthumously bestowed upon him to mark the occasion.

An asteroid has been named after the Queen singer by the International Astronomical Union, measures 3.5km across, and it can be found orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.

The reason that that particular asteroid was chosen was because it was discovered in 1991 - the year that he passed away at the age of 45.

Its official name is 'Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury'.

Mercury's birthday was marked by many fans and fellow musicians, including Adam Lambert - who is currently fronting his former band - and Queen guitarist Brian May.